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Braces are great options for people looking to straighten their teeth and align their bite. This has traditionally been the purview of children and teens, but more and more adults are finding themselves achieving more attractive smiles with the help of braces.

Braces work by using brackets, wires, and ligatures (small rubber bands) that work together to apply steady, constant pressure on the teeth over a period of time. Braces also reposition oral tissues and blood vessels around your teeth. This affects the gum ligaments and alveolar bone which is reabsorbed and reformed.

Orthodontic treatment with braces can help your mouth become healthier as well as more appealing. As the American Association of Orthodontists affirms, when teeth are crooked or crowded, they are much harder to clean properly, which puts you at higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is essential for a healthy smile, and braces help your teeth become spaced correctly which allows for better access to remove plaque.

Braces also prevent enamel erosion from uneven wear and tear which happens when the bite is misaligned. Correctly spaced teeth also prevent chewing and speech problems. With misalignment, bone and oral tissues around crooked or crowded teeth can also be negatively impacted.

Do you have questions or concerns about your teeth? Would you like to know more about how braces can help you? Please call our Hennes Orthodontics team at (760) 598.1707 to be seen in Vista, California. Our orthodontist, Dr. Jerrold Hennes is ready to help you create your healthy, aligned smile!